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Earlier this week, the singer told Jay Leno that the Material Girl approved her new single, which some critics called a rip-off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” “I got an e-mail from her people and her, sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single and if the queen says it shall be, then it shall be,” Gaga said.
But Madonna’s rep has told CNN’s Headline News Entertainment that she is unaware of any email that Madonna has sent.
Whether or not Gaga has Madonna’s approval doesn’t mean “Born This Way” isn’t a strong single, says songwriter Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Rihanna‘s “S.O.S.”, Leona Lewis’ “Happy”).
“I honestly think that if you’re going to try to be the next Madonna, you need to tip the hat to Madonna,” he tells THR. “When I first heard the song, I heard ‘Express Yourself’ mixed with ‘Vogue.’ I still think it’s a great song, but it is definitely inspired by Madonna. I don’t think Gaga or [producer Fernando Garibay] would actually debate that. Maybe Fernando went in the studio and said, ‘Let’s try to find that Madonna vibe for you.’ I think they probably had that in mind all along, like ‘We’re gonna take the torch. We need to pay homage to it.'”
Bogart tells THR Gaga isn’t worried about any backlash.
“I don’t think she cares — it’s Lady Gaga!” he said. “She doesn’t care if she wears a meat suit on stage or arrives in an incubator. Do you think she’s gonna care if people are like, ‘Your song sounds like Madonna?’ “
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